New York Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t even been sworn in as a member of Congress, but she is already reportedly going after a rising star in the Democratic Party.
According to Politico, an anonymous source revealed that Ocasio-Cortez is working behind the scenes to find a primary challenger for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat who represents New York’s 8th congressional district.
The report claims that she has teamed up with the far-left group Justice Democrats to recruit and endorse a challenger to Jeffries, who Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, has spoken very highly of since he joined Congress.
The source reportedly told Politico that an “African-American woman” has already been selected to challenge Jeffries:
The source went on to say that Jeffries is the “highest priority” of Ocasio-Cortez to replace with a challenger that Justice Democrat leaders approved and will support.
Jeffries, who worked as a corporate lawyer for CBS before joining Congress in 2012, has reportedly angered Ocasio-Cortez because of his relationship with banking and corporate groups.
Ocasio-Cortez going after a rising star in her own party would certainly indicate that she’s unwilling to share the spotlight.
But more importantly, it shows how she will use her power to go after anyone who isn’t aligned with her far-left, radical policies.
The New York representative has dominated headlines this month with a variety of nonsensical comments.
Earlier this week, she took to Twitter to announce that she will be taking a “few days” to pamper herself with “self-care” to help prepare for her new new job in Congress — which doesn’t begin until next month.
Before that, she called outgoing White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly a coward and said he owed Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-FL, an apology.